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Tue, 18 Mar 2003 11:32:11 -0500
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I would vote in favor broadening the discussion too.  As our paper files
continue to grow but space to house them does not, heavier reliance on the
collections database for access to the information is becoming our reality
too.  Everyone involved understands the problem, but we have yet to come to
consensus on the solution.  I would love to hear how things go as the shift

Todd Lamkin
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Emory University

> Hi Everyone,
> Hopefully you all received the listserv email from Mignon Erixon-Stanford
> about the recent move of the TMSUSERS listserv to a new server with slightly
> different domain address. According to Mignon the transition was to have
> been seemless and we would have noticed nothing.  But a few of you have
> written to me recently about the lack of activity on the list and wondered
> if there was some technical problem or if things had just been quiet. So if
> you're receiving this message, let us hear from you.
> Also, my supervisor and mentor Bruce Young (Head of Collections Management
> at the Freer and Sackler for many years) and I have been talking recently
> about data standards.  Here at our museum I have recently formed our first
> Collections Information System Data Content Committee made up from
> Collections Management and Curatorial advisors. This is a major step for us
> as our administration and the curators have joined us in support of tasking
> the data base to serve as the primary and authoritative source for
> collections information instead of our long venerated paper records and
> published comprehensive catalogs. The questions that will have to be
> answered and procedures that will have to implement to accomplish this are
> too numerous to mention here at once.
> Are any other of you doing something similar? And if you're already well
> into the process would you have any wisdom you could share?  I have
> considered the idea of sending out an email on a very focused issue once
> every two weeks. Would you all be interested in discussing and sharing your
> ideas on topics such as retiring paper files, managing massive data entry
> projects, style sheets, thesauri, collections information system mission
> statements and TMS functionality in relation to your goals, etc.?
> Looking forward to hearing from everyone.
> Best as always,
> Dave